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This is a great NBA blog. The NBA (National Basketball Association) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 29 American teams, and one Canadian team. It was founded in 1946. Cincinnati used to have a team. I wish it did now.
Better Off Red
Jamie Ramsey is the Assistant Media Relations Director of the Reds. He takes you behind the scenes of a Major League team. And he writes funny captions for his photos.
Plenty of scenery and funny stuff on Big Smudge. I'll be honest, these guys told me they were fans of my show, and even if they didn't mean it, that gets them linked.
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If it's about baseball, these guys usually have something to say about it. And it's usually funny.
Booze, Ladies, and Football.
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A guy from Cincinnati, who uh, well he calls it like it is.
Chris Sabo's Goggles
A Reds fan stuck in Chicago does a blog. He says the purpose of the blog is to inform people of the Reds without the geeky stuff, like facts for example. My kind of guy.
You're probably thinking this website is about me. Actually, it's not.
Local college basketball blog by two guys...one a UC fan, the other an XU fan.
The Godfather of sports blogs.
My favorite baseball blog. I thought I loved the game, then I read these guys.
Stuff guys like. At least stuff normal guys like.
Hugging Harold Reynolds
Very funny sports blog with one of my favorite names.
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John is an outstanding writer who covers everything and anything UK-related.
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Not daily, but almost hourly reading for NFL fans.
Everything and anything Reds...and more, by Reds fans.
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The Ubiquitous college basketblog.
A little UK, a little Louisville. A lot of funny.
Anything and everything hoops.
A Cincinnati guy based in Vegas. What I'd write if I could write.
Because some things can't be taught.
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Who Dey Revolution
No site better captures the frustration of being a Bengals fan better than this one. Fan empowerment at its best.
ONE MO" THING 5/22/13
This is the "fight" between Mat Latos and Jay Bruce
Miss the show today? Here's the first part. Go here for 3 full hours.
Mo talks with Solomon Wilcots about Bengals offseason and why Margus Hunt reminds him of JJ Watt.
Mo talks with SI's Chris Burke about ways to use Tyler Eifert this season.
It feels like I haven't hosted this show in a month.
3:20 - Chris Burke, NFL Writer for SI.com, talking about his piece on Tyler Eifert
3:33 - Joe Spatafora, the Louisiana high school coach whose player passed away at practice, leading to Andrew Whitworth paying for the funeral.
4:04 - Solomon Wilcots, NFL Network and CBS.
What's wrong with asking Andy Dalton to do more?
Jay Bruce, and why he makes some fans remind me of a pack of girls in their 20s
Roger Goodell hears something I don't.
How you know things are going well with the Reds...regardless of what happens today.
Also, at some point we'll get to today's #MoEggerTQD, and instant reaction to today's Reds game in New York. The fun starts at 3:04 on ESPN1530
FIVE MO' THINGS, 5/22/13
A mini-vacation has ended. Back to work today.
1) Mike Leake. You know those people who were losing their minds on Twitter on Saturday when the Reds decided to send Tony Cingrani down? (While I was in the midst of a four-day mini-Twitter break, I did notice these people) They were probably secretly hoping that Mike Leake would fall on his face last night in New York.
That's a hard Mets lineup to fall on your face against.
Still though, the guy got it done last night, has gotten it done most of the season, and deserved both his start last night at CitiField and the right to keep his place in the rotation.
His good might not be as good as Cingrani's, but Cingrani isn't, and wasn't a finished product. Leake might never be as good as Cingrani once Tony learns how to chuck something besides a fastball, but right now he fills his role as fifth starter as well as anyone in the game.
And the way he's thrown in his last seven starts (2.28 ERA), he's actually been much better than that.
2) The consistency myth. Jay Bruce did very little with the bat last night, with his first hitless game in the last 11. Still though, the guy has been raking. He'd hit in 18 of his last 20, has homered five times in the last week, and has set an RBI pace of over 100.
I'm not getting nasty Tweets comparing him to Adam Dunn anymore.
The knock on Jay is, and has been for a while, that he's too inconsistent. It's a valid criticism. For every tear the guy goes on, he offsets them with long slumps where the ball doesn't leave the yard, much less touch his bat.
But how many players really are consistent?
I'll admit that I'm making this argument without having poured over the season and career splits of every player in the game, but it strikes me that there just a few guys who are able to consistently hit at an extraordinarily high level, putting up big numbers and spreading them across the full six months.
There's also a handful of guys who spread out ineptitude across the 162.
The rest of them are streaky, going through peaks and valleys, combating slumps with hot streaks, killing their teams at times, and doing enough at others to help their teams overcome the struggles of others.
The difference between Jay Bruce and many of these others guys is that when Jay gets hot, he's better than many other players when they get going.
When he's at his best, you can't help but wonder both how good Jay's numbers would be, and how much better the Reds offense would improve if he could avoid slumping.
But no hitter avoids slumping, even guys who can carry teams for weeks at a time. We talk so much about consistency, but consistency is really rare in baseball. Most hitters, it seems, are evenly spreading out their homers, RBIs, and hits, evenly across the season. Most get those things in bunches.
The ones like Jay Bruce just bunch more of them together when he does get hot.
And you just hope the hot streaks last a little longer.
3) OTAs are underway. Here's a bunch of articles I read during my time away about the Bengals....
Here's a look at offensive rookies likely to make the biggest impact. A Bengal is at the top of the list.
Here's more on Giovani Bernard, including an interview with him.
If you've noticed, and these three pieces were just a sampling, people around the country think the Bengals have a chance to be very, very, good. It seems like that outside of the 275-loop, people who haven't experienced first hand the years of futility have a higher opinion of this team that many here do.
The schedule worries me. The quarterback doesn't completely do it for me - yet. The offensive line has to get better. But I can't help but agree with most national pundits who think that these guys have a chance to have a big 2012.
4) Be at the Holy Grail with us on Friday before the Reds/Cubs game. Here's the artwork...
That ruling is, of course, dumb.
My favorite part of the story however, is this...
The report to the Little League Eastern office followed a slew of complaints about Beebe's dominance on the mound, with parents reportedly taunting the 12-year-old during games.
Yup. That's where we are. Adults heckling children because they're too good at something. Do these parents do this at other activities they're children are in? Do they go to things like spelling bees and taunt the other competitors? School plays? Graduations?
I'm no parent, and there's a good chance I never will be, but if I am and you're taunting my kid, you're driving home in a car with four flat tires.
-The Mo' Your Lawn contest is almost over. Winner gets announced at 5:45 on Friday, and will win season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and I'll cut your grass for you. Sign up here.
-Tiger v. Sergio takes an ugly turn...
“We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”
In the battle of "Who Ya' Got? Tiger or Sergio? (The correct answer was, and is, Tiger) You lose support when you go racial. Though if you want to shed such labels like "choker" and "immature," picking up the "racist" tag is one way to do it.
-After farting around for the first six quarters of the Western Conference Finals, the Memphis Grizzlies decided to start playing, forcing overtime only to lose to the Spurs by four. San Antonio is now up 2-0 - just like last year at this point - but one fan seems to think that the home team actually won something last night.
Also, I'm taking the Heat in six over Indiana. The Pacers are physical enough, and they play defense and rebound enough, to win two games. They don't score enough to win four.
-I would've thought that SpiderMan would be better at basketball....
-David Schoenfeld addresses the Reds and their easy schedule....
This came up a couple times from readers in my chat session Tuesday, suggesting that the Cincinnati Reds may not be as strong as their 27-18 record because they've had an easy schedule so far, in particular compared to the Cardinals and Braves.
Indeed, if you go to our RPI rankings, you can see strength of schedule. Here are average winning percentages of opponents played:
Cardinals: .515 (sixth)
Braves: .504 (11th)
Reds: .484 (24th)
So the Reds have played an easier schedule. But what's the difference between a .515 winning percentage and .484? Over 162 games, we're talking about an 83-win team on average versus a 78-win team, so while the Reds have played an easier slate than the Cardinals -- Cincinnati has played the Marlins seven times, for example, while St. Louis is yet to play them -- I don't see it as a huge benefit. An advantage? Yes.
You can twist it the other way and point out that the Reds have played the Nationals seven times and the Cardinals three, or the Cardinals have played the Brewers 10 times while the Reds have played them just three.
Plus, as Reds fans in the chat were quick to point out, the Reds have played most of the season without ace Johnny Cueto (who returned Monday night), without a left fielder and with Dusty Baker screwing up the No. 2 slot in the batting order.
Of course, one of those three things is self-imposed.
-I return to the radio today. Matter of fact, I'll be on quite a bit between now and Sunday. The schedule...
Today: ESPN1530 3:00 - 6:00
Thursday: ESPN1530, 3:00 - 6:00, then after Spurs/Grizzlies Game Three on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530) until 2:00am.
Friday: ESPN1530, 3:00 - 6:00, then after Heat/Pacers Game Two on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530 until 2:00am
Saturday: 700WLW, Noon until 3:30, then on ESPN Radio (heard on ESPN1530) from 4:00 until 8:00
Sunday: 700WLW, 9:00 - 12:40'
It's called overexposure. Catch the radio show today starting at 3:00. Here's to any readers who might be graduating....
Day two of a brief two-day break continues. I'm back at it tomorrow, with a chat on Thursday, and on Friday we're doing the show from the Holy Grail downtown. We'll have prizes, guests, and we'll have me. So be there. Here's the artwork.
Also on Friday, at 5:45, we'll be announcing the winner of the "Mo' Your Lawn" contest. One lucky winner will get season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and I'll cut their grass for them. Once. Sign up by going here.
Why are we so eager to say "bye-bye' to Bronson?
SIX MO' THINGS, 5/20/13
I'm enjoying the next two days off, from blogging, radio, and really from anything besides the swimming pool, cold beer, and a cigar or two.
We're back at it online, and on-air Wednesday, and this week's chat will be on Thursday morning.
Three quick, random, sports-related thoughts.
1) Hitters have slumps. Starting pitchers have slumps. Closers have slumps. I'm willing to attribute Arolids Chapman's recent struggles to that.
2) Now on pace to drive in over 100 runs, his average above that of his career, and helping to carry the offense, Jay Bruce is on a tear. Consistency is a myth, few hitters are consistently good. The ones that are named "Joey Votto" or "Miguel Cabrera." The others are hopefully guys like Jay Bruce, capable of going on the kind of runs he's in the midst of right now.
I haven't gotten the "Jay Bruce is like Adam Dunn" Tweet in a few days.
3) The Reds did the right thing in sending Cingrani down and keeping Leake. Tony isn't a finished product. We sometimes fall in the trap of looking at a guy's immediate success and concluding that he's ready.
His ceiling might be higher than Mike Leakes, but Leake is pitching well, has earned a spot in the rotation, and given that the "WALT BETTER MAKE A MOVE," movement will start within a few weeks, and given that the guy we'll most likely want the Reds to trade is Leake, doesn't it make sense for him to add to his value here, rather than there?
4) The Knicks season was a failure, the Pacers were the better team, and Lance Stephenson made me look good when I went on my ESPN show and said he'd be the key to game six. I'm rooting for Indy in the Eastern Finals.
5) Anyone who knows anything about Andrew Whitworth would hardly be surprised to read this.
6) Here's a fat guy singing with his puppet.
I'm out for a couple. Back at it on Wednesday. Enjoy the time without me. I'll be working on a radio version of this...
Baseball must continue to evolve. We need more replay.
1) The Reds swept the Marlins. This might not exactly put them in exclusive company, but the wins are helpful nonetheless.
The good: Mat Latos. His first batter, who never goes deep, hit a homer. His last batter, who has a name I couldn't spell if you have me 500 tries, hit a triple. In between, Mat was really good, bouncing back from a bad start against a team you want to see when you're bouncing back. And it wasn't like he didn't have to escape trouble, as he sidestepped any runs scoring in the seventh. We can debate whether he should have been left in for the ninth, but what can't be debated is how good he's been this season. If he just could have just gotten through the fifth last Saturday and the ninth last night, we're talking about a guy who's 6-0. As it stands, the team's record in games he starts (7-2), will have to suffice....Jay Bruce. The numbers are creeping up. A friend of mine spent 15 minutes chewing my ear off the other day about how Jay never comes through in the clutch. I say the word "clutch" is subjective. Is a two-out single that ties the game in the fourth inning a "clutch" hit? Many will say no, but the team doesn't win last night without it. Was the two-run double with the team up a run in the tenth inning "clutch?" They might still be playing if not for it. I Jay - right now on pace for 95 RBI and currently hitting .308 in May - was clutch last night....Brandon Phillips. Oh, he was clutch too. Homer, sac fly, both providing his team leads.
The bad: Well, they blew the lead in the ninth. That's never good...The call on Choo's pickoff. Guy was safe....Todd Frazier. He looks really bad at the plate right now. He's 3 for his last 24, with Wednesday's "mental break" not looking like it did any good. Remember the 480-foot homer he hit on April 24th? Did you ever think it's be another three-plus weeks before he went deep again? Me either.
The questionable: Latos coming out for the ninth. It's questionable because it didn't work. The rationale made sense. Latos had chucked it 85 times heading into the ninth - hardly a heavy workload - and Chapman did pitch the night before, and his game-ending slider aside - didn't look great. I see both sides. And it isn't like the Missile went unscathed, giving up a three-bagger to another guy I've never heard of. Had Latos mowed down the Fish in order, we wouldn't be talking about this, so we are. I'm a fan of playing to strengths, and Aroldis Chapman is a strength, but we're only talking about this because they kicked away the lead in the ninth.
The awkward: This...
The empty: Marlins Park. I can't blame anyone in South Florida for wanting to see that garbage the Marlins are running out there, but it ain't like they were drawing 35K a night before they started selling off anyone who's spent more than ten minutes in the Majors. Baseball in Miami doesn't work, didn't work, won't work, and the silly voters who signed off on the new park and its dumb-looking sculpture, should've realized that instead of paying for a park that will never be full.
2) Chris Crocker or Charles Woodson? The Bengals drafted Shawn Williams to play safety, and hopefully, he's the solution to a long-time problem at that position. But if not, what's plan B? Neither of the other safeties on the roster are very inspiring, meaning that another call to Chris Crocker can't be beyond the realm of possibility.
Wouldn't you rather have Charles Woodson, yes, at the age of 36, being the guy bringing along Williams instead of having to make a desperate call to one of your castoffs?
Like with James Harrison, you would know both what you would and wouldn't be getting. But at safety - not corner - I think Woodson could be a good fit here.
Not that I'm holding my breath waiting for the Bengals to reach out, he's flirting with the Broncos and the Giants are interested, but if I ran the Bengals - and we can all be happy I'm not - I'd reach out to him.
3) The Knicks remain alive, and I'm resisting the temptation to go back to Indy. Even if George Hill can't go tomorrow night, I still think the Pacers close it out at home. Little about what the Knicks did last night can be counted on to carry over to the next game.
It wasn't like the Knicks played particularly well - though they did defend much better - the Pacers just looked lost. But I will say that Mike Woodson, who was brutal in game one through four - finally had the stones to sit Amar'e Stoudemire and Jason Kidd, going younger and more athletic.
The maneuver might not have been enough to keep the Knicks from being eliminated - I think Indiana's defense will put the Knicks away tomorrow night - but because of it, they're at least playing one more game.
4) A good man is losing his job. UC is letting Brian Cleary go. Cleary - the school's all-time winningest baseball coach - has been at UC for 17 years. I won't claim to have much of an opinion about whether it was time for a chance - the program has had some losing seasons recently - but among the people I've met throughout the local sports landscape, Brian might be the nicest and most genuine. I'll miss him.
5) Stuff to do.
This is going to be a good time tonight....
Who's Danny Keefe? From my friend and colleague Jen....
Two years ago on May 6, 2011 Danny O’Keefe and his sister were brutally attacked and left for
dead during a home invasion in Kelly's home Fairfield. His tenacity and fight for life helped
in sparing his life that day. Danny has difficulty with things that we take for granted. Due to
the attack Danny now has long term physical and mental injuries with Aphasia (similar to
what US Rep. Gabby Gifford has) and has re-learn to speak, read, write and move his arm
His medical bills are astounding and his insurance doesn't cover the UMAP
rehabilitation program for Aphasia victims at the Univ. of Mich. We are hosting a fundraiser
to help with the $350,000 in annual medical bills, medication and therapy the insurance
doesn't cover. Jim, Danny's father has had to quit his job to live with Danny full
time while he is in the UMAP program in Ann Arbor and care for him full time.
On Friday, May 17th from 7pm – 11pm a fundraiser will be hosted at Moeller High School
for Danny O’Keefe Sponsored by Heineken and Montgomery Inn and featuring Cincinnati’s
favorite local band the Naked Karate Girls (It’s 4 guys and they’re not really naked!). If you
haven't seen the Naked Karate Girls you don't know what your missing! They are hilarious
and it's guaranteed to be an awesome event.
Tickets are $50 preordered online, or $55 at the door.
Each ticket includes unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, Montgomery Inn sandwiches and sides.
The $500 VIP table (10 tickets) includes a bottle of champagne.
There will be a live local band and over $30,000 in auction items including:
- 2 roundtrip tickets with private jet service from Ultimate Air from Lunken to NYC, Chicago and Charlotte.
- Autographed Reds jerseys and baseballs from Votto, Phillips and Chapman
- Autographed OSU gear
- Catered dinner for 8 by a personal chef in your home
- 1 week home rental in Florida
- Long weekend home rental in Harbor Springs, Michigan
- Vegas Slot Machine
- Reds tickets: Diamond, suite, club and more!
over $1,000 in jewelry
over $1,000 in Spa services
over $1,000 in restaurant gift cards
a lot of tickets to local events and attractions!
-Join me at Fleet Feet in Blue Ash tomorrow for the Redlegs Day in advance of the Redlegs 10K/5K runs on June 1st. I will be there from 9am until 10am.
-And one of the best festivals of the summer starts tonight at Harvest Home Park, CincItalia. I'm there tomorrow, you should be too.
-You have six more days to sign up for the "Mo' Your Lawn Contest." Win season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and I will cut your grass. Once. Sign up here.
-Remember when I said that Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend "scandal" would help him in the long run?
-If The internet was one big toy store, it would be terrifying.
-The Office ended. This person isn't taking it so well. Even if this isn't real, who doesn't love watching someone cry over something pointless?
-This is either someone's impersonation of Lindsay when she's really excited about something, or the fasted jump-roper in the world.
-Programming Notes: Off this afternoon and tonight, back at it tomorrow on ESPN Radio from noon until 4:00. You can hear it on ESPN1530, and I'm on Sunday afternoon on 700WLW from noon until 1:00. I want to beat this person up. This is a few days old, but still enjoyable.
I like to drive fast, sometimes too fast. My first speeding ticket came on the day the Bengals drafted KiJana Carter in 1994. My most recent ticket came on the day the Bengals drafted Jermaine Gresham in 2010. In between, I've gotten speeding tickets in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey. I've attended traffic school twice. And I've pulled off the traffic ticket twinbill of two tickets in two different states on the same day.
I like to go fast.
My love of speed always made me curious about the Richard Petty Driving Experience. I've familiar with going 20-30 miles over the limit, but what about going 150-165 mph around a racetrack?
I had to find out.
So Lindsay and I went to Kentucky Speedway today to take part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience, where you can either ride along or drive a race car on the track.
I decided to ride along, in part because my work with a stick shift is shaky at best, and in part because today is not the day that I wish to die.
As luck would have it, the Kentucky Speedway "Top Cop Challenge" was also going on, where officers from eight regional jurisdictions would be racing to determine the top cop. I'm guessing that a few of them had written me citations before.
I rode with a young race car driver named Garrett. He gets paid to drive fast. Here is the video.
For photos, click on the picture below or go here.
The experience was awesome, far better than I went speed up I-71 at 90 mph. You come close to the wall, and you feel the power of the car on the straightaway as he hits 160 mph. The experience was better than any roller coaster you'll ride.
You can take three-lap ride alongs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race day June 29 for $149, and the RPDE will be at the track through Sunday. RPDE returns Aug. 23-25 and Oct. 25-27.
For more info, go to http://www.drivepetty.com/ or call (800) 237-3889.